Urban Studies Admission Requirements
View the admissions application for the academic year. The application deadline is March 1. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. For maximum scholarship consideration, apply by December 1.
For transfer and "transition" (UC transfer) students, the priority deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
The academic credentials of applicants seeking admission to the School of Planning vary each year. The freshman class profile for the School of Planning is based on the middle 50 percent of the 2014 entering freshman class:
- GPA: 3.28 - 3.74
- ACT: 23 - 28
- SAT: 1010 - 1230
- Average Class Rank: Top 33.1%
We share these numbers to give you an idea of the "typical" credentials of students accepted into our programs. Scoring within this range (or outside of it) is not a guarantee of admission or denial.
Transfer students typically have a cumulative GPA well above the minimum requirement of 2.6.
Application for High School Students
The application for the University of Cincinnati and DAAP are one in the same. High school students and other applicants hoping to begin their college careers must apply through the Common Application. A high school admissions application is considered to be complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:
- Common Application and Writing Supplement
- Application fee or application fee waiver submitted via the Common Application
- ACT (including Writing) and/or SAT (including Writing) scores sent directly from the testing agency
- Official high school transcript
- Letter(s) of recommendation
Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC DAAP application process.
Students who are enrolled in courses for post-secondary credit should also submit official college transcripts.
Priority Deadline for High School Students
On a rolling admission (first-come, first-served) basis, high school applicants will be offered admission if they satisfy the minimum admission standards and have submitted a complete application until the program is full. It is recommended that students apply by December 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.
If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the UC Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100. Portfolios are not accepted as a component of the admissions process.
High School Course Requirements
High school applicants to the School of Planning must have completed or be in the process of completing:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of math
- 3 units of science
- 5 units of electives*
*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.
Applications for Transfer and "Transition" Students
Those seeking admission from other programs or colleges at UC or other universities must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA from previous college work to be given consideration. For priority consideration, completed transfer applications should be submitted prior to November 1 for the following spring and March 1 for the following fall.
Transfer students can apply through the Office of Admissions. A transfer application is considered complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:
- Application for admission
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores if the applicant has completed fewer than 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of college credit
- Application fee
If you have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to enroll in a DAAP undergraduate program, you are considered a transfer student and should use the transfer application to apply.
Current UC students wishing to transition into a DAAP program from other majors at UC should submit an Application for Change in College and/or program form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff.
Current DAAP students hoping to transfer into a different major must submit a "Change of Program" form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office. This form is also available in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.
Priority Deadline for Transfer and "Transition" Students
The priority deadline for transfer and transition students is November 1 for the following spring and March 1 for the following fall. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.
Applications for International Students
For international freshman, the admissions process for Urban Studies operates on a rolling admission (first-come, first-served) basis. Applicants will be offered admission if they satisfy the minimum admission standards and have submitted a complete application until the program is full. It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.
Applications for international transfer students must be received by March 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester.
The application and application process for international students varies from the process for domestic students. View more information about International Admissions at UC.
This information is correct at the time of publication. The university reserves the right to make changes in policy, regulations, requirements, and fees as circumstances dictate subsequent to publication.